Eastside Recreation Center was made possible through an EDI-Special Project Grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and funding from the Gainesville City Commission, the Alachua County Board of County Commission and the Greater Gainesville Park and Development Group, Inc. 1 baseball/softball field, 1 soccer field, 1 multipurpose field, 2 basketball courts and a playground surround the Recreation Center. Located in the heart of the Eastside Community, the Center offers recreation programs to children, adults and senior citizens. “There is no side like Eastside!”
Established in 2001 and expanded in 2006 and 2010, Eastside is Gainesville’s newest and largest redevelopment area. With established tree-canopied neighborhoods, proximity to downtown and the University of Florida, minimal traffic congestion, and varying land options for housing and retail, beautiful wetlands and other natural resources, eastern Gainesville offers significant opportunity for reinvestment. With the help of the CRA, this area is experiencing exciting new opportunities including two major transformative projects, Heartwood and Cornerstone. Heartwood is a neighborhood that will consist of 34 new single-family homes, and is located at the site of the former Kennedy Homes apartment complex. Cornerstone is the redevelopment of the 13 acres adjacent to Gainesville Technology Enterprise Center (GTEC) on SE Hawthorne Road into a mixed-use commercial campus. East Gainesville’s past is also being preserved, while new cultural amenities are attracted to the area. With so much opportunity and potential, the Eastside will continue to become a place in which to reinvest and to call home.